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Montana State 14th-year head coach Tricia Binford announced Wednesday four high school standouts will join MSU’s program next season.

Signing with the Bobcats are Kola Bad Bear, a 6-foot-2 forward from Billings, Darian White, a 5-6 guard from Boise, Idaho, Madison Jackson, a 5-9 guard from Parma, Idaho, and Kenzie Stumne, a 5-11 forward from Forest Lake, Minnesota.

“All of these kids are very dynamic players that will elevate our program,” Binford said. “They have a special level of intensity and are flat-out competitors.”

Bad Bear is a name familiar to the Treasure State. An all-state first-team selection in both basketball and volleyball, she averaged a Class AA-best 16.8 points and 7.8 rebounds as a junior at Billings Senior. Bad Bear also chipped in 2.7 blocks, 1.4 steals and 1.3 assists per contest while shooting 48.9 percent from the field. The three-time all-state first-team selection in basketball also excelled off the court, being named academic all-state on three occasions.

“Kola is one of the best talents in the state,” Binford said. “She is someone who can play inside out and stretch (the) floor and play with her back to the basket. Kola plays with tremendous passion and will impact our program immediately. She is a winner and strong competitor and fits with who we are as a program.”

White, who was a 5A All-Idaho Second-Team selection last season, averaged 12.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.5 assists, guiding Mountain View High School to a 19-8 overall record and a third-place state finish.

“Darian is a super quick, explosive point guard,” Binford said. “She is an outstanding playmaker and possesses a great ability to get to the rim. She does a great job of creating opportunities and setting the tempo for her team. Darian will really fit in well with our four-out, one-in offense. She is also very relentless on the defensive end as well. Darian is scrappy and extremely competitive. She plays much bigger than her size and can really impact the boards.”

Jackson, at Parma High School, was last season’s 3A Snake River Conference Player of the Year after averaging 18.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and five steals per game as a junior. In addition, she also garnered First-Team All-State accolades with the Panthers. Jackson was also a state champion in the 100 and 300-meter hurdles, high jump and as a member of the 1,600-meter relay team.

“Maddy is long, athletic and fast,” Binford said. “She has a high motor and is also relentless on defense. Maddy brings a great level of intensity to the floor and never takes a play off. She values every single possession.”

Stumne, who goes to Forest Lake High School, was sidelined most of her junior season recovering from an ACL injury. Entering this season, she has been identified by Breakdown Sports as a Minnesota Super 100 Senior. A starter since ninth grade, Stumne averaged eight points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.2 blocks per game.

“Kenzie is a stretch guard,” Binford said. “She is a strong kid with a high basketball IQ. Kenzie has deep range and is very skilled. She also has the ability to post up and create a mismatch.”

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Colton Pool can be reached at or 406-582-2690. Follow him on Twitter @CPoolReporter.